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  1. English 5 Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  2. Jeopardy Categories

  3. Topic 1: 200 • Question: • Which three characters in the novel have had abortions? • Answer • Belicia, Lola, and Ybon Back

  4. Topic 1: 400 • Question: • Which character narrates the majority of the novel and can bench 300 pounds? • Answer • Yunior Back

  5. Topic 1: 600 • Question: • Which character dresses up as Dr. Who for Halloween? • Answer • Oscar Back

  6. Topic 1: 800 • Question: • Which character is a renowned surgeon? • Answer • Abelard Back

  7. Topic 1: 1000 • Question: • Which character is referred to as “the failed cattle thief,” “fuckface,” and “El Jefe”? • Answer • Rafael Trujillo Back

  8. Topic 2: 200 • Question: • Who were the three heartbreaks of Belicia Cabral? • Answer • Jack Pujols, the Gangster, and De León Back

  9. Topic 2: 400 • Question: • Who were the three heartbreaks of Oscar de León? • Answer • Maritza Chacón, Ana Obregón, and JenniMuñoz Back

  10. Topic 2: 600 • Question: • Lola lost her “virginity” to whom? • Answer • Aldo Back

  11. Topic 2: 800 • Question: • Otherwise known as “la fea,” which character is 13 years older than her husband and orders the Elvises to beat Belicia because she is pregnant? • Answer • Trujillo’s sister Back

  12. Topic 2: 1000 • Question: • Which character was killed by a stray bullet while praying in church? • Answer • Astrid Cabral Back

  13. Topic 3: 200 • Question: • Why does Lola cut her hair? • Answer • To rebel against Beli • To keep men from noticing her • To symbolize the change in her character Back

  14. Topic 3: 400 • Question: • What did Lola do with the money she received for her “big puta” moment? • Answer • She gave it to Max’s family after he died Back

  15. Topic 3: 600 • Question: • Why is Belicia beaten in the cane field? • Answer • She is pregnant with the child of a man who has married into the Trujillo family Back

  16. Topic 3: 800 • Question: • What does Oscar do after he graduates from college? • Answer • He becomes an English teacher at his old high school Back

  17. Topic 3: 1000 • Question: • How does Oscar die? • Answer • He is shot by the captain’s goon squad Back

  18. Topic 4: 200 • Question: • How do the footnotes contribute to the text? • Answer • They provide relevant historical background, character development, and context Back

  19. Topic 4: 400 • Question: • The novel includes which literary genre elements? • Answer • Science fiction and fantasy, Postmodernism, Magical Realism Back

  20. Topic 4: 600 • Question: • The novel is told from which point of view? • Answer • Predominately first person (Yunior and Lola) with occasional moments of second person. Back

  21. Topic 4: 800 • Question: • Identify the epigraphs that the novel begins with. • Answer • A quote from the Fantastic Four and an excerpt from a poem by Derek Walcott Back

  22. Topic 4: 1000 • Question: • How would you describe the structure of the narrative? • Answer • It is nonlinear to highlights the analogous relationship between the fragmentation of Postmodernism and the cultural fragmentation associated with diaspora Back

  23. Topic 5: 200 • Question: • Who does the narrator credit with brining fukú to the New World? • Answer • Christopher Columbus Back

  24. Topic 5: 400 • Question: • In the novel women’s power is portrayed mainly through what? • Answer • Their sexuality Back

  25. Topic 5: 600 • Question: • The faceless man is a harbinger of what? • Answer • Fukú Back

  26. Topic 5: 800 • Question: • The golden mongoose represents or is associated with what? • Answer • Zafa Back

  27. Topic 5: 1000 • Question: • Why does Diaz focus so much on Trujillo and Dominican Republic history? • Answer To show the long-lasting generational effects a dictatorship can have Back

  28. Bonus Question: 5000 pts. • Question: • What does Diaz accomplish by including myriad storylines? • Answer • He attempts to preserve unpleasant but important truths of the Dominican diaspora’s painful past by filling the country’s historical “página en blanco” • He highlights the cultural complexities and generational challenges immigrant families face • He shows how all the main characters experience relationships that are emotionally—and often physically—traumatizing Back

  29. Final Jeopardy All contestants: Write down on your white boards how many points you are willing to risk. If you get the question right, you win the amount, but if get it wrong, you loose that amount of points.

  30. The Question:Identify a theme in the novel.You have one minute.

  31. The Question:Answers will vary. All contestants: If you got the question right, you win the amount, but if get it wrong, you lost the amount of points.